I finished The Paris Secret by Karen Swan, November 14, 2017, courtesy of William Morrow.
The setting reminds me of two other novels, The Paris Apartment. and The Velvet Hours. This one, however, is not based on the true life story of the Paris apartment abandoned for seventy years and found later on to contain art, paintings, and other valuables.
In this novel, inspired by the true story but with fictional characters, fine arts expert, Flora, of London, travels to Paris to a newly discovered abandoned apartment that had been closed since over seventy years ago. She and her employer discover valuable paintings and artifacts within and plan to catalogue, valuate, and finally sell the pieces, per the request of the owners, the Vermeil family. But because of Flora's research into provenance of the paintings, which include a Renoir, the Vermeils discover unsavoury truths about their family's role during WWII, possibly as collaborators of the Reich in divesting condemned Jews of their artwork.
The novel brings up this part of WWII history that has been portrayed in books and movies - valuable art plundered and slowly being rediscovered by some of their true owners or their heirs.
I gave this a five for the ingenuous plot using true history. The added romance in the story only enhanced a good reading experience.
Thanks to a free 30-day trial Amazon Prime membership, I have borrowed a few ebooks that I hope to read before they have to be returned :
|When I'm Gone|
When I'm Gone is a thriller, as is The Writer.
Coming Clean is a memoir by a woman whose father was an extreme hoarder. I'm finding this one quite interesting.
I also borrowed this hard cover from the library, a novel based on Shakespeare's King Lear:
Weatherwise, there is quite a bit of rain this weekend, and more on the way with stormy conditions tonight, Sunday.
Keep warm and safe, everyone! And don't forget to turn back your clocks one hour!
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